Book of the Month – September 2019

Making Friends is an Art By Julia Cook

Brown is the least used crayon in the box.  He’s tall, geeky and feels like he doesn’t fit in.  Each crayon displays a positive friendship trait.  Black looks out for everyone, Pink is a good listener, Light Green is honest, Dark Green is trustworthy, Blue gives hugs, Yellow does what’s right, White is a mediator, Purple has hopes and dreams, Orange likes to have fun and everyone loves Red.  Brown wishes he could be like the other crayons.  Brown complains a lot, hardly ever laughs, is disrespectful, and usually wears a frown.  He asks each crayon for advice on how to make friends.  Blue gives Brown a hug and suggests he figure out how to use the right colors.  He seeks advice from Light Green because Brown knows he will be honest.  Light Green tells Brown, “To have good friends, you need to be a friend.”  After talking to all of the crayons, Brown realizes he is a mixture of all the colors.  He has everything inside of him needed to be a good friend.  Once Brown embraces all of his good character traits he is able to make friends with the other colors.                                                                                                                       

Home-School Connection

Consider discussing the book of the month with your child by asking them questions like:

  • Why doesn’t Brown have any friends?
  • How does Brown behave?
  • How do the other colors behave?
  • Which color or colors are you most like?
  • Which color or colors are your friends like?
  • What does Brown learn from the others colors?
  • How does Brown learn how to be a good friend?
  • What did Brown change about himself?
  • How can you help other children who do not have friends?
  • How do you make friends?

One Book, One School Community…

“The idea is that… (a community) that opens the same book does it in greater harmony.”

-Mary McGrory, 2002